If putting your feet up, turning on your favorite TV series, and applying a sheet mask isn’t the picture of relaxation, we don’t know what is. It’s true—sheet masks are like self-care in a package—but it’s how they can benefit the skin that has us continuing to reach for them, time and time again.
“Sheet masks are easy to use, and they provide a great deal of hydration, because the sheet will trap in the moisture on the skin,” explains Kerry Benjamin, Los Angeles-based aesthetician. What's more, they make great travel companions. “They are also really convenient for air travel to keep moisture in the skin and to avoid dehydration [on the plane].”
So, we set out to find the best sheet masks on the market. After putting dozens to the test, we’ve compiled a list of the ones that are worth purchasing.
Keep scrolling to find the best sheet masks tested by Byrdie.
Doesn’t move around
Feels nourishing on the skin
Quite a bit of product when opening
This soft sheet mask, made from bamboo cellulose, is drenched in a creamy serum formulated with jojoba oil, squalane, and ceramides—all nourishing ingredients—to deliver a major boost of hydration into the skin.
When she opened it up, our tester found that there was a lot of product inside the packaging, but despite that, it wasn’t runny or messy when she applied it to her skin. She said that the mask itself was pretty thick, which allowed it to hold on to the serum and grip her face. It applied easily and remained intact without moving around for the amount of time she wore it.
Aside from how well the mask applied, our tester loved how nourishing it felt on her skin as well as the clean, herbal scent. If your skin needs extra hydration, this mask is an excellent choice.
Price at time of publish: $20
Benefits: Hydrating | Highlighted Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Squalane, Ceramides | Cruelty-Free: No
The easy application, hydrating ingredients, and nourishing feel on the skin made the MEDIHEAL D.N.A Hydrating Protein Mask our number-one pick. But if you’re looking for a mask that will provide skin benefits and a unique experience, try the GLAMGLOW BUBBLESHEET™ Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask.
How We Tested
Byrdie editors carefully researched popular sheet masks, taking expert recommendations and consumer reviews into account before selecting 22 to test out first-hand. Each one was evaluated by our testers based on comfort, application, and overall efficiency, and then given a score from one to five in each category.
They applied the masks onto clean skin, left them on for the time directed by the brand, and then evaluated their skin and overall experience after removal. Those that scored highest made our list. All tests were performed in The Lab, our Manhattan product-testing facility.